Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh dies in Lahore

Last Updated: Wed, May 01, 2013 21:17 hrs

New Delhi: Sarabjit Singh, the Indian prisoner on death row in Pakistan, has reportedly died at a hospital in Lahore at 12.15 am (IST). 

Sarabjit had been admitted to the hospital after a brutal attack by a group of prisoners at the Kot Lakhpat Jail last week.

The Indian High Commission, in a statement to NDTV, said that they were informed by the Jinnah Hospital of Sarabjit's death. 

Sarabjit's body will be bought to India, the arrangement for which is reportedly ongoing. 

Information was given earlier in a late night tweet posted by ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin: "Sarabjit Singh's medical situation remains 'serious and critical' as per update provided to Indian officials in Lahore at 10pm local time."

Earlier in the day, Pakistan acceded to India's request for daily consular access to Sarabjit Singh, who is under treatment in Lahore's Jinnah Hospital after being brutally assaulted by fellow prisoners last week in the city's Kot Lakhpat jail.

Sarabjit, 49, suffered critical head injuries in the unprovoked and sudden assault by four to five prisoners April 26. He had been on ventilator life support since.

India Wednesday made a fervent appeal to Pakistan to release Sarabjit Singh or at least to shift him to a third country for "proper treatment".

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